GLAUCOMA IN A CHINESE POPULATION

Title GLAUCOMA IN A CHINESE POPULATION
Author, Co-Author Robert Porcaro
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Year
1992
Day
Sunday
Program Number
Poster 73
Room
Great Hall
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Abstract A retrospective study was undertaken to determine the relative proportions of types of glaucoma in a Chinese clinic population. Records from six years of the author's urban community health center part-time optometry practice were reviewed. Among 48 cases, primary angle closure glaucoma (PACG) was found to be approximately three times more common than primary open angle glaucoma (POAG). Only approximately one-fourth of the PACG group were symptomatic related to glaucoma. Of the POAG group, approximately half were normotensive ("low tension") glaucoma. Pigment dispersion and pseudoexfoliation syndromes were rare to non-existent in the studied group. These proportions are very different from typically stated figures for Western populations. Discussion is presented of possible reasons for these proportions. The practical value of this information is to direct clinician sensitivity in looking for and evaluating glaucoma in populations of the type studied. In particular, PACG is an eminently preventable disease cascade by timely iridotomy notably with the Nd:YAG laser in these thick brown irides.
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